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Denis Greene, CFRE

Denis Greene, CFRE

Greene began working in the nonprofit development field in 1981. He founded Church Development in 1992 after a near-death experience motivated him to integrate his faith, education and skills in work that served the church and the virtue of stewardship. He has helped over 200 churches across the USA raise more than $200,000,000. He is the author of The Stewardship System, Stewardship-Based Capital Campaigns, and How To Ask For Donations as well as numerous articles on stewardship.

Recent Posts

1/17/19 8:16 AM

Church Member Engagement: Research Says

I've been doing research on stewardship for a long time and one of the great resources that I've come across is the Gallup ME25, which supports one of my assumptions - that an engaged congregant is much more likely to invite a person to visit church. The keys to engagement are: involvement in decision making, connecting socially, and engagement as a volunteer. Watch my video below to hear more about that.

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1/3/19 8:06 AM

The #1 Cause of Church Stewardship Failure

Whether we want to admit it or not, we are in a state of failure. Only 5% of church goers tithe, and we know it is good for the soul just like we know exercising is good for the body. Charitable giving is a $300 billion industry. There are clear patterns for failure and clear best practices for success. Think you know what the root of the problem is? You might be surprised at our answer!

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11/6/18 3:58 PM

Why Are Churches Failing at Stewardship?

This may seem harsh, but as a society and as a Church, we have failed to help people embrace stewardship. It obviously does not work to just tell people they need to give. Pastors have been beating that drum for centuries.

I think we need to take an honest look at what this approach has produced. If you are using tithing as the barometer (those who give 10% of their income back to God), then the age-old approach to preach about giving has produced a 95% failure rate.

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9/25/18 2:28 PM

7 Steps to Create a Culture of Stewardship

Our goal is to help you build an ongoing culture of generosity in your church. The following list are 7 underlying values of The Stewardship System™ to highlight in building your stewardship ministry. These values are based on research and experience. Each value should be supported with specific activities. Use this list with your stewardship committee to determine what you want to accomplish with your ministry. For a printable version of this, and discussion questions to guide your planning, check out our stewardship strategic planning guide

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9/4/18 4:21 PM

28 Interview Questions for a Fundraising Consultant

You've identified that your church is in need of a capital campaign. And you've realized how much work it would be to pull that off on your own. So you're looking at firms to consider hiring. Below is a selection of questions to help guide your request for proposal and interview process when deciding upon a fundraising firm.

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5/15/18 2:15 PM

The 7 Steps of Stewardship-based Church Capital Campaign

Not all capital campaigns are created equal. When working in the church, it takes a different approach from the secular world and a spiritual understanding of the effort. As you are getting started with a church capital campaign, follow the steps below and you're on the track to be successful.

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3/6/18 9:18 AM

What Is Stewardship?

Whenever I hold a workshop, one of the points I often make is that stewardship is not fundraising. Fundraising is asking for a donation, a secular approach, whereas stewardship is the spiritual way. In stewardship, we facilitate the discovery of God’s blessings and the prayerful development of how to share those blessings.

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2/6/18 8:39 AM

How Many People Skip Volunteering?

With the correlation between volunteerism and generosity, Church Development looks at just how many people are offering up their time.

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